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#7 Demorrio Williams
Position: WILL Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
City/State: Beckville, Texas
High School: Beckville
Other College: Kilgore
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  • Fourth-round NFL Draft pick by Atlanta Falcons (101st overall selection)
  • 2003 First-Team All-Big 12 (Associated Press)
  • 2003 Butkus Award Semifinalist (1 of 10)
  • 2003 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
  • 2003 Lombardi Award Watch List
  • 2003 Nebraska Team Captain
  • 2003 Midseason All-American (SI.com)
  • 2003 ESPN.com All-Bowl Team
  • 2003 Two-Time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Utah State, Kansas)
  • NU Season Record for Unassisted Tackles (83)
  • NU Linebacker Season Records for Sacks (11), Tackles for Loss (21) and Fumble Recoveries (4) 
  • 2003 Preseason No. 11 OLB in Nation (The Sporting News)
  • 2002 Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll

2003 (Senior)

Linebacker Demorrio Williams played a dominant role on the Blackshirt defense by finishing second on the team in total tackles, while leading the Huskers in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hurries and fumble recoveries, setting the tone for one of the nation's top defenses.

Williams earned first-team All-big 12 honors from the Associated Press and was one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award in 2003. The Beckville, Texas, native earned Midseason All-America honors from SI.com and Collegefootballnews.com. He capped his career with two sacks in a 17-3 Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State to earn a spot on ESPN.com's All-Bowl team.

Williams' play-making abilities helped him become a fourth-round pick (101st overall selection) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 NFL Draft.

The 6-1, 215-pounder finished 2003 with 128 total tackles, second only to Barrett Ruud's NU record 149 stops. Williams' 128 stops were the fifth-highest single-season total in Husker history, and his 83 solo tackles set a Nebraska single-season record. He and Ruud became the first pair of Huskers to top the century mark in tackles in the same season since 1981.

Williams' huge senior year moved him into the top 20 on Nebraska's career tackle list in just two seasons after transferring from Kilgore Junior College. He compiled a team-high 92 stops in 2002, and his 220 career tackles are tied for 17th on the Husker career list.

In pass rushing situations, Williams lined up at defensive end and wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks by notching 11 sacks for 77 yards lost. The 11 sacks are a school record for linebackers and tied for fourth on NU's single-season sack chart. The 11 sacks ranked third nationally among linebackers, while ha added four fumble recoveries. He also caused a pair of fumbles and hurried opposing quarterbacks a team-high 13 times, including three interceptions caused.

Williams intercepted the first pass of his career at Missouri to thwart a Tiger scoring threat, and he broke up five passes on the season. On special teams, he blocked a first-quarter punt against Iowa State that was returned for a touchdown by Josh Bullocks to give NU a 21-0 lead, and returned a blocked field goal 16 yards at Texas.

Against Utah State, Williams posted a Husker linebacker record three sacks and forced fumbles on two of those sacks, one of which he recovered at the Aggie 1-yard line. He was named Big 12 defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in that contest. He earned his second conference player-of-the-week award at Kansas after posting 14 tackles, including a career-high four tackles for loss (17 yards), 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and his fourth fumble recovery of the season. A week later he established a career- best with 16 tackles against Kansas State.

2002 (Junior)
Williams played in all 14 games in 2002, with 12 starts at Will linebacker. He finished the year with a team-high 92 tackles, including 38 solo stops and made six tackles for loss and one sack.

Williams made a strong impression in his debut as a Husker with a blocked punt against Arizona State that was returned for a score by Scott Shanle. Williams also returned a blocked punt later in the game. He had eight tackles, including a TFL and a pair of hurries, the next week against Troy State.

Williams finished the year with five games with eight or more tackles, with four of those in the latter half of the year. He made eight stops at Oklahoma State, then followed with a stellar effort in front of family and friends at Texas A&M. Williams had nine tackles and a 15-yard sack in the comeback victory, while adding a quarterback hurry and a breakup. He closed the regular season with a career-best 13 tackles against Colorado, including eight solo stops. He also had two tackles for loss against the Buffs, while also causing and recovering a fumble. He capped his first season as a Husker with a team-high nine tackles in the 2002 Independence Bowl.

Before Nebraska (Kilgore JC/Beckville HS)
Williams was a standout linebacker for Head Coach Jim Rieves, leading Kilgore (Texas) JC to a 12-0 record with nine sacks, two interceptions and 127 tackles in 2001. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown. He was an honorable-mention junior college All-American in 2001 and a second-team All-American in 2000 after leading the Southwest Junior College Conference with 130 tackles as a freshman. He was recruited by NU, Colorado, Texas, Florida and Texas A&M.

Williams graduated from Beckville High School (Class 1-A, smallest in Texas) in 1998, where he played free safety for Coach Joe Koesel. He earned all-district honors with 115 tackles and seven interceptions. Out of high school, Williams considered attending a junior college in Texas, but sat out a year, working in Beckville.

Personal
The son of Veronica Hicks, Demorrio was born on July 6, 1980. Williams was named to the 2002 Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll and volunteered his time as a speaker at the Attention Center for Youth.

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Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

2002

14/11

38

54

92

6-24

1-15

2-1

1

3

0

5

0

2003 13/13 83 45 128 21-92 11-77 2-4 0 5 1-2 14 3

Totals

27/24

121

99

220

27-116

12-92

4-5

1

8

1-2

19

3

2002 Independence Bowl vs. Ole Miss: Tackles, 2 UT, 7 AT, 9 TT
2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Tackles, 5 UT, 1 AT, 6 TT; Sacks, 2-12; TFL, 3-17

Single-Game Bests

Tackles: 16 vs. Kansas State, 2003

Solo Tackles: 11 vs. Kansas State, 2003

Tackles for Loss; 4-17 vs. Kansas, 2003

Sacks: 3-27 vs. Utah State, 2003

Quarterback Hurries: 2, six times, most recently vs. Kansas, 2003

Blocked Punts: 1 vs. Arizona State, 2002; 1 vs. Iowa State, 2003

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